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Safe on the streets

#WalkWithConfidence

Safe on the streets focuses on people’s safety when out, be it walking home from school or on a night out. All too often young people, especially girls, experience harassment, abuse, or assault when all they are trying to do is get from A to B.

  • Harassment – when somebody is behaving in a way that makes you feel distressed or intimidated
  • Sexual assault – being deliberately touched by someone else, in a sexual manner, without your consent
  • Stalking – repeated behaviours from another person towards you that are obsessive and unwanted, making you feel threatened

What do we plan to do about safety on the street?

  • Raise awareness of  ways for bystanders to help
  • Work with partners
  • Collaborating with our Police and Crime Commissioner, on her VAWG (violence against women and girls) taskforce 
  • Open up discussion around the topic to bring more awareness to the subject
  • Signpost ways to get advice and help if you experience sexual assault/harassment etc
  • Spread the message online using our hashtags #theywerejustwalking #myrighttosafety #walkwithconfidence

What can you do?

  • Support our campaigns and join the discussion 
  • Report incidents
  • Be aware when out and about. 
  • Take part in surveys such as our BIG CONVERSATION (more surveys included in the additional information…) 
  • Speak about the issue to your peers
  • Look into what help your local area offers

Helpful Links

  • Street safe reporting form – a pilot service for anyone to anonymously share about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused.
  • Suzy Lamplugh Trust– provides guidance for safety on the street 
  • Fearless – provides an anonymous reporting service for under 18s to report crime 
  • Stalking helpline – a direct helpline with information for victims of stalking and what to do next 
  • Ask for ‘Angela’  – a code name used for those who feel unsafe indicated to staff in bars, pubs and clubs for discreet help.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Resources 

PLan UK – street harassment 

Ask Ava – toolkits, posters and resources for educating on street safety. 

Keep your mates safe game– project designed by the North Yorkshire Youth Commission. 

Videos 

Gender based Violence Campaign #isthisok  

Street Harassment (Plan UK) #Isayitsnotok

Street Harassment TED talk by Jess Leigh – it’s not ok 

Why women feel unsafe on Britain’s streets?  A Channel 4 News Segment 

Surveys 

Crime Stoppers and University of Suffolk Survey on safety in public. 

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SafeInPublic (18+) 

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